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Project Examples: Great Lakes
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Burnsville Rain Gardens, City of Burnsville, MN

Burnsville’s Crystal Lake had experienced a marked decrease in water quality conditions, partly due to algae blooms from excess phosphorus in runoff. The City educated residents in a select...

Eurasian Watermilfoil

This is the #11 video in the “Protecting What You Love” series created by Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council. Eurasian watermilfoil (Myriophyllum spicatum) is a native to Europe and Asia...

Great Lakes Now Connect: Invasive Species

Comprehensive documentary that discusses plant and fish aquatic invasive species management, policy and actions that can be taken by anyone.

Great Lakes Phragmites Collaborative

A collection of videos specific to Phragmites and how to distinguish native vs. invasive, methods of spread, management  strategies and techniques, and the importance of early detection and rapid response.

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Coastal Wetland Restoration Success Stories

Great Lakes coastal wetlands exist in severely altered watersheds and landscapes that can result in degraded wetland conditions and management actions required to maintain biologically diverse...

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Project, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

This EPA project controlled over 90% of Phragmites that had degraded Wisconsin’s coastal areas.

Growing Sustainable Water Solutions Rain Gardens to the Rescue, Keep Growing Detroit

Video by Sam Wolson Photography + Media. This collaboration of Keep Growing Detroit, Sierra Club and Friends of The Rouge educates and enables residents to build rain gardens, water catchment systems...

Healing Our Waters, Great Lakes Coalition

The Coalition’s website has dozens of success stories about habitat restoration and improvements in water quality.

Invasive Cattail Harvesting to Restore Marsh Biodiversity

A team of researchers based at the University of Michigan Biological Station is using a $500,000 federal grant to test a novel approach for restoring the biological diversity of Great Lakes coastal...

Knotweed Identification

This short video will help you identify Japanese knotweed and giant knotweed.

Little Things Big problems: Invasive Plants in Our Parks

National Parks are known for being beautiful natural native areas. What you may not know, threatening each of these national treasures are scores of invasive plants prepared to crowd out, smother,...

Making Waves: Battle for the Great Lakes

This two-part documentary takes viewers below the surface of the world’s largest freshwater ecosystem, discussing the non-native species of plants, fish, invertebrates and microscopic organisms that...

Planning Invasive Species Events Part 1

How to develop an invasive species restoration project This is a 2 part video series from Minnesota, but the information provided is applicable to all project development and was specifically...

Planning Invasive Species Events Part 2

How to develop an invasive species restoration project This is a 2 part video series from Minnesota, but the information provided is applicable to all project development and was specifically...

Presque Isle Coastal Wetland Restoration, Southern Lake Erie, PA

Ducks Unlimited and several partners are removing invasive Phragmites (common reed), replanting with native species, and monitoring the site before and after restoration.

Purple Loosestrife

This is the 10th video in the “Protecting What You Love” series created by Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council. Purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria) is an invasive wetland plant that is...

Reconnecting Great Lakes and Big Rivers Aquatic Habitats

The project’s goal is to restore native fish and other aquatic species by reconnecting habitats that have been fragmented by artificial barriers.

Rethink War on Dandelions and Wildflowers in Search for ‘Perfect Lawn’

EarthKeepers II and Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

Stony Island Habitat Restoration Project

Friends of the Detroit River (FDR) received funding from NOAA to restore Stony Island. The project provides ecological outcomes specific to removing fish and wildlife Beneficial Use Impairments...

Using eDNA in the Fight Against Asian Carp

In the fight against Asian carp and other aquatic nuisance species, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and its project partners have turned to environmental DNA as a new fisheries tool. Environmental...